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There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela

Birthday Celebration!

Happy birthday to me! I have so many things to celebrate this month! I’m starting another chapter in this thing called life. My website got a makeover. And I have some exciting things coming this fall! In honor of my birthday month, use the discount code Birthday to receive free shipping and a $5 discount off any book or t-shirt. Check out the link below to purchase your t-shirt and join the movement to overcome the stigma of mental health by improving people’s attitudes towards mental health and increasing the willingness to talk about our mental health. Make sure you use the code Birthday.

Nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone.

Recently I was at dinner while on travel and I was asked a question: Do you like traveling alone? I must admit that I can focus and gain clarity on my personal, career, and professional goals when I take time to be alone. When I am alone, I can meditate and sit in solitude. In those quiet moments, I can hear my grandmother quoting “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference” to the 10-year-old within me and understand acceptance. I can make decisions about things I wasn’t sure about in the past. Things are more apparent when I can see them as a choice of different possibilities, rather than an ultimatum. When you don’t know where you are going distractions tend to look like opportunities. When do you know when it is time to seek a therapist? On this journey of life, we will have struggles and challenges despite what people might portray on their social media feeds. It is a part of life that we have growing pains. There will be moments on our journey where our burdens, depression, loss, or heartbreak will become overwhelming and we need to reach out for help. One of my favorite poems entitled… Read More »Nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone.

Thank you!!

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First and foremost I would like to thank all of you who have purchased a T-shirt, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, or both. Thank you all for taking the initiative to address the importance of mental health and reducing the stigma. As I am preparing to head home this weekend for the first two events promoting my book, I had to take a moment and reflect on the past month. I have sold over 200 hundred books, and that isn’t counting numbers from Amazon and Barnes & Noble! I’ve had to order three shipments of the t-shirt line. I’ve been featured on Réseau Docteur‘s Black Men in Social Work and Dr. Keith Harley’s site. I am dedicated to serving, educating, and training the most vulnerable populations. I am also committed to making the most enriching learning experiences for children and families, and hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I did writing the book. A great way to overcome the stigma is to improve people’s attitude towards mental health and increase their willingness to talk about mental health struggles. Your reviews are essential to me. They help as I am working on future books in the series. They also help me to capture the things you would like for me to discuss in regards to mental… Read More »Thank you!!

Speaking Engagements & Appearances

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February 11th – Magazine Photo Shoot 15th – Union Parish Library, Farmerville, LA 16th – Interview on 102.1 Hot Jams, Shreveport, LA 16th – Book Signing, Shreveport, LA; 6-8pm March 12th-14th – London Book New Book Display 16th – Men’s Real Talk series. When: Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 am – 11 am Where: The Y in Druid Hill 1609 Druid Hill Avenue Baltimore, Md 21217 23rd – Book Launch Party @ 6: 30 pm. April Bowie Lifestyle Magazine April Feature Article 4th-7th – NASW Presentation (LGBTQ), Shreveport, LA 23rd – NABSW Authors Pavilion 28th – Kensington Day of the Book Festival May 18th – Gaithersburg Book Festival (City Hall) 23th-24th – NASW Presentation (PTSD), Monroe, LA 29th-31st – New York Rights Fair New Book Display 29th-June – 2nd Book Expo New Title June 13-16th – NASW Presentation, New Orleans, LA

January 2019 Review

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Here’s what happened in January: Don’t miss a thing—-January in review! This month I received my printed books from my publishing company, and a week later I released Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep to the public. The eBooks should be ready in about three weeks.  I’ve had to reorder three shipments of the t-shirt line. Your feedback and reviews have been fantastic. Most importantly the message has been received that it is okay to take care of your mental health. A great way to overcome the stigma is by acknowledging the importance of our mental health and well-being. Another great way to overcome the stigma is to improve people’s attitude towards mental health and increase their willingness to talk about our mental health struggles. We are MaGnets, and it’s important to surround yourself with people who make you better. Your circle should want to see you win! They should be pushing you every day and encouraging your growth.  In celebration of Black History Month, I am offering a discount on a T-shirt and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Add your T-shirt and the autographed book in your shopping cart and use the discount code BlackHistory in the discount box to receive the set for $35.00 (including shipping). Please make sure you indicate your size, and the person… Read More »January 2019 Review

Online Discount

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Greetings everyone, I am working on some exciting things. I want to share my upcoming speaking engagements and book signings. Because I know some people will not be able to make the upcoming book signing dates to receive the discounted price of $35 for your favorite T-Shirt and an autographed book, I decided to offer this deal to my subscribers for the MLK weekend.  You can receive the same discount on an autographed book and your favorite T-shirt purchased on my website. Discount Instructions:Place your favorite T-shirt and the autographed book in your shopping cart and use the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Discount code to receive the set for $35.00 (including shipping). Please make sure you indicate your size and the person you want the book signed to in the order notes. Thank you for all of your support! Upcoming Book Signings Events: Black History Panel (Union Parish Library Farmerville, LA)February 15, 2019, 6-8pm Meet & Greet (Book Signing Shreveport, LA)February 16, 2019, 6-8pm Book Launch Party (Washington D.C.) March 23, 2019 NASW-LA Continuing Education ProgramWorkshop Title: Clinical IssuesLGBTQIPresentation Date: April 5, 2019Time: 8:45-4:15pmLocation: Willis-Knighton Pierremont Health Center8001 Youree Drive2nd Floor Conference Room 203Shreveport, LA 71118 Kensington Day of the Book FestivalApril 28, 2019Time: 11-4pmLocation: Howard Ave & Armory AveOld Kensington, Maryland Gaithersburg Book FestivalMay 18, 2019Time 10:00-6pmLocation:… Read More »Online Discount

T-shirt Designs

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Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is essential at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Everyone experiences highs and lows throughout their lives and finding a supportive mental health professional to help manage those times is essential. One in every four people across the globe has a type of mental illness at some point in their life. We seek medical attention and treatment for any form of physical illness or disease, so why do we neglect mental illness? Society is beginning to recognize the importance of talking openly about mental health and how stigma can affect individuals. Having this critical conversation about mental health is vital to decreasing this stigma and for people to get access to resources that are needed. We have a responsibility to eliminate the stigma within our community associated with mental health. Special thanks to my tribe for helping to educate everyone about the importance of addressing your mental health and reducing the stigma. Click HERE to purchase your t-shirt and join the movement to educate people about the importance of treating your mental health. The Don’t Label Me shirt: This shirt represents my request:… Read More »T-shirt Designs

Book Review

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Latia expressed “Thanks Michael! I enjoyed your book very much! Congratulations again!” Special thanks to Latia for wearing her shirt and helping to educate everyone about the importance of addressing their mental health and reducing the stigma. The Don’t Label Me shirt: This shirt represents my request: Don’t Label Me, because I have decided to take care of my mental health. A great way to overcome the stigma of mental health is by acknowledging the importance of our mental health and well-being to improve people’s attitude towards mental health and increase their willingness to talk about their mental health struggles with a licensed therapist. The MaGnet shirt: This shirt represents that I have a purpose in this life. I am surrounding myself by those who make me better. I am a magnet for joy, love, and abundance. I am enough. Who are you attracting? Who is in your circle? Because your circle should want to see you win. Your circle should be pushing you every day. Your circle should encourage your growth. Check out the shop HERE to purchase your t-shirt and join the movement to educate people about the importance of addressing your mental health. #removingthestigma #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #selfcare #selflove

Online Book Launch

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Greetings, I want to thank all of you for your support and joining the newsletter. It’s a new year, a new beginning. A time to reach new heights, new levels of prosperity and purpose. But first, have you taken some time to breathe and reflect? Take a few moments in the morning to sit quietly before moving into the day’s activity. This is your time for setting the personal agenda for the day or week, in a state of quiet attention.  I have some exciting things I would like to share with you. I have received numerous emails from family and friends who are overseas or live on the west coast and will not be able to make it to the Book Launch on March 23rd in D.C. or my upcoming events in North Louisiana. To help with this, I am working on adding autographed books to my online store. The price of the autographed book will be $20. I am also going to add a bundle package with an autographed book and a T-shirt for $35. When you place the order, please make sure you include in the order noted who you would like for me to address the book to when I am signing the book. Also, make sure you include your T-shirt size in the order notes… Read More »Online Book Launch